Throwing confetti is one of those traditions that are so much part of a wedding that we can’t quite imagine a wedding without those showers of pretty paper or petals raining on the head of the bride and groom. It started as a ritual to ensure fertility and prosperity for the bridal couple. Nowadays it’s just for luck and for fun.
However many wedding venues take a rather killjoy approach. Fed up with the litter of mounds of paper pieces that all need to be swept up before the next wedding, they sometimes put a blanket ban on throwing confetti at all. However taking a green stance and going for eco-friendly confetti can persuade most venues to allow confetti. After all what harm can a shower of fresh rose petals do?!
Eco-friendly confetti comes in many forms:
Biodegradable paper confetti
This is specially produced and dissolves in water, so it only needs a blast of a hose to disperse the pieces. It can comes in any colours and shapes according to your wedding theme.
Flower petal confetti
This can be of fresh flower petals, usually roses, which are fragrant, classy and not at all cheap! Or you can get specially freeze-dried petals, which also conserve the colour and fragrance. These are usually cheaper than fresh petals but still cost a reasonable amount. However flower confettis are really worth it, both for romance and style, so this would be my top choice among the eco-friendly confettis available today. You can get a choice of colours to match your theme.
This was a traditional thing to shower the bridal couple with, until very recently, but though it is a natural product it still needs cleaning up, otherwise it tends to swell in water as soon as it rains and creates even more of a mess.
This became a trend when rice fell out of favour amid concerns that it endangered bird life. Throwing bird seed as confetti, is certainly eco-friendly but I can’t imagine the bride really enjoying having bird seed lodged in her hair throughout the reception!
This has become a popular confetti trend for beach weddings, where it can be used safely as it is natural and biodegradable. Plus the smell of coconut adds to that tropical beach atmosphere.
All in all, eco-friendly wedding confetti is the way to go.